How Pool Water Can Hurt Your Teeth, & Other News of Note

Pool Water May Strip Tooth Enamel (Futurity.org) Taking a dip in the backyard pool may cause permanent damage to teeth if chlorine and pH levels are not properly maintained. “Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel,” says Leila Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor prosthodontics of New …

Want to Keep All Your Teeth? Make Sure You Get Enough Calcium

There are a couple ways the calcium message has been pushed by the dairy industry and makers of products with added calcium. There’s the “you need calcium for healthy teeth and bones” message that’s mainly targeted to kids and parents, and there’s the “you don’t want osteoporosis, so get more calcium” message that’s targeted to …

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply …

Gum Disease Ups Stroke Risk in Men, and Other News of Note

History of Periodontitis Linked to Cerebrovascular Disease in Men (Medical News Today) The potential role of periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, in the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic stroke, has received growing attention during the last decade. A new study is the first prospective cohort study to use clinical measures of periodontitis …

Biofilm-Fighting Cool Plasma and Other News of Note

Wiping Out Tooth Infections: Cool Plasma Packs Heat Against Biofilms (ScienceDaily) Though it looks like a tiny purple blowtorch, a pencil-sized plume of plasma on the tip of a small probe remains at room temperature as it swiftly dismantles tough bacterial colonies deep inside a human tooth. But it’s not another futuristic product of George …